Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) rushes into the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe Dallas Was Supposed to Lose

Monday nights game was painful to put it politely.  No defense and no real spark on offense.  Anyone who pays attention to the game of football knows games like this happen but I want to explore a less than popular idea, what if the NFL fixed the game to have the Cowboys season end week # 17, once again flexed to Sunday Night Football, for a win or get in scenario against the Philadelphia Eagles.  That would end the NFL regular season with a high viewing population which would equal ratings which all equals more money in the NFL’s pocket.

 

I know there are people who don’t believe there is anyway the NFL can be fixed.  But if you dig further and watch more than just the Dallas Cowboys games, there are a lot of things that make you scratch your head.  First of all, whenever Vegas is involved you have to be skeptical of sports.  Those who say you can’t fix spectacular catches, you are right, but you can fix certain games to have a certain outcome.

 

Let’s look first at the referee’s.  Monday night Sterling Moore picked off Chicago Bear’s quarterback Josh McCown but that was negated by a very bogus roughing the passer call.  That was a key momentum changer that was negated by the referee’s.  Interestingly enough, the referee’s are not allowed to speak to the media per their NFL contracts.  So no matter what mistakes they make, they are not held accountable with the media for them.

 

To go a little further, do you notice how almost every year, Dallas is almost there, to the playoffs, only to have their final division game flexed to Sunday Night Football to determine who goes to the playoffs from the NFC East? It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out win or lose, the Dallas Cowboys, will be watched and make money regardless of a playoff appearance or not.

 

So going back to week 17 this year, if the Cowboys somehow pull it out against the Green Bay Packers, without Aaron Rodgers, this weekend and the Washington Redskins, without Robert Griffin III, don’t play spoilers, it will come down to week 17 between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, for a third straight year, a win or go home game., just as the NFL wants it.

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